Simple Ways to Save Gas

Gasoline. We all have a love-hate relationship with the golden fluid that keeps our cars running. On one hand, we love being able to drive around from place to place getting things done at lightning speed (in comparison to walking everywhere). But on the other hand, we HATE having to spend $30, $40, even upwards of $50 every time we stop by the gas pump.

So what options do we have? Stop driving? Buy a road-bike?

No way, José! There are plenty of ways you can cut down on gas usage, and we would love to share a few of them with you!

First thing to do is check your tire pressure. Driving on tires that are not properly inflated could greatly increase your gas usage. Basically there are two things that make your tires lose air: time and temperature. No matter what, as you drive, your tires are very slowly leaking air, and as you may have guessed, under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance. This means your car needs to work harder (burn more gas) in order to keep moving. Next time you get a chance, take a look at your owner’s manual to see how much your tires should be inflated, fill them up to the appropriate level, and make sure to check them often.

Next, check your air filter. A clogged air filter limits the amount of air flow to the engine, which is harmful to gas economy. The good news is, this is an extremely easy fix. Simply remove the air filter and hold it up to the sun. Can’t see any sunlight? Then it’s time for a new filter.

Finally, get all the junk out of your trunk – seriously. The more weight that’s in your car means the more weight your car has to lug around. It’s a simple concept, but it’s often overlooked. You know that bag of golf clubs you’re keeping back there just in case an afternoon opens up? That’s costing you big moolah every time you go to fill up your tank. Sure, the amount of gas you’ll save the first few times after cleaning your car out won’t be anything too substantial, but making changes like this one can really add up.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to increase fuel efficiency, or would like a professional mechanic to take a look at your vehicle, swing by the service department at DeVoe Cadillac. One of our certified mechanics would love to take a look at your car and get it running as efficiently as possible.

DeVoe Automotive Gives Back To The Naples Community

Everybody has heard the saying that the best thing to invest in is – all together now – your education. However, continuing education after high school is getting more and more expensive, meaning that less young people can afford going to college. That’s exactly why one of the best times of the year for all of us here at DeVoe is when the school year is winding down and high school seniors are preparing to move on to the next phase in their life.

Every year since 1970, we have had the privilege of helping about 10 students with their college tuition by providing them with scholarships. In fact, since Mr. Richard DeVoe started this scholarship program in 1970, DeVoe has paid out over $2 million to assist students in paying for college. This year alone, we are happy to provide 10 graduating high school seniors with $12,000 each to help finance their college education.

However, it’s not easy to narrow the field down to 10 students. The DeVoe Scholarship committee interviews students and evaluates test scores, GPA, goals, and motivation to determine who to award the scholarships to.

So after much thought and consideration, we are happy to award the following students with scholarships:

  • Aysegul Ozturk – Lely High School
  • Sergio Alvarez – Golden Gate High School
  • Lacey Pearson – Naples High School
  • Patrick McPhee – Gulf Coast High School
  • Rebecca DePrisco – Palmetto Ridge High School
  • Daniel Barnebee – Barron Collier High School
  • Stephanie Spear – Barron Collier High School
  • Marcos Gonzalez – Immokalee High School
  • Daniel Guzman-Ramos – Immokalee High School
  • Daniela Salazar – Lorenzo Walker High School

Congratulations to all of you! You’ve earned it!

Cadillac ATS Takes On The World’s Toughest Tracks

The past couple months have been very exciting here at DeVoe Cadillac. We have welcomed the all new 2013 Cadillac XTS to our dealership, and now, we are happy to announce that the all new ATS has finally been delivered as well! And let us just tell you right off the bat, there is a lot more to this car than just its good looks. If you haven’t driven a Cadillac lately, you need to come in to DeVoe Cadillac and see how well the 272 horsepower engine, in combination with the standard Brembo brakes, handles the streets of Naples.

In the mean time, check out this clip of the ATS taking on some of the most challenging roads on earth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5oTpxaffW0&feature=youtu.be

What is CUE?

Three little letters have been swirling around the automotive industry for the past few weeks following the release of the 2013 Cadillac XTS and the anticipated release of the ATS. Those letters are C, U, and E.

CUE (pronounced “Q”) – otherwise known as the Cadillac User Experience – is the “comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data,” according to Cadillac. But what does that really mean? How does CUE really improve the driving experience for Cadillac owners? We’re glad you asked!

For starters, CUE allows you to stay connected to the world no matter where you go. Up until now, anytime you hop in your car to go for a drive, you are basically unconnected from the world (besides your phone). But with CUE, you have a world of content at your fingertips- literally. Using the 8-inch LCD touch screen, you can bring up weather reports, 3D GPS navigation, even your own personal Pandora Stations.

But CUE is useful for much more than just staying connected – It’s about convenience and ease of use. Have you ever used an iPad? Well CUE is so similar to the iPad, Cadillac is actually giving one away free to everyone that purchases an XTS. Cadillac hopes that by doing this, people will get the hang of CUE quicker.

Adding to the convenience is the natural voice recognition software that comes with CUE. No longer do you need to talk like a robot just so you can listen to a song or dial a friend.

If you’re interested in learning more about CUE, or perhaps you’d even like to try it out first-hand, swing by your local Naples DeVoe Cadillac dealership. We would love to give you a tour of the all new XTS and CUE.

How to Make Your Car Last Longer

It’s a sobering thought, but someday we will have to part ways with our cars. Whether it breaks down after many years of good use, or you’re forced to sell it, cars don’t last forever. However, there are a several things you can do right now to ensure your car will live a long, happy life.

Tip #1- Stay out of the Sun: Okay, so this first tip may not extend the life of your car, but it sure will keep your car’s exterior looking good for many years down the road. The sun’s UV rays can do a number on your car’s paint, breaking it down and causing it to fade. That’s why you should always pick a shady place to park over a sunny spot.

Tip #2- Don’t Skip Service: This is perhaps the most important one. Skipping service, though it may save you a few bucks in the short term, could cost you big-time later and will decrease the life of your car drastically. Don’t underestimate the benefits of a regular oil change and fluid top-off.

Tip #3- Replace Filters When Necessary: Not only will replacing filters help you extend the life of your car, it will also help you get better gas mileage. Take the air filter for example. If you can’t see the light of day (literally) through your car’s air filter, that means your car can’t breathe properly, and it’s killing your MPG. Do your wallet and your car a favor by replacing the filters.

And finally,

Tip #4- Be Easy on the Battery: This one is fairly self-explanatory. Don’t drain your battery. It may be nice to turn the car off and listen to the radio while waiting for your wife to come out of the grocery store, but trust us, you’re not doing your battery any favors.

These are only four of many tips to extend the life of your car. In fact, Reader’s Digest recently released “74 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Car.” If you would like to know more about what you can do to extend the life of your car, swing by the DeVoe Cadillac service center today! We would be happy to get your car running in tip-top shape.

Welcome To Our Blog!

All of us here at DeVoe Cadillac are excited about our new and improved blog! In the coming days, weeks, and months, be sure to swing by this page regularly so you can stay up to date on all our sales, specials, events, and basically anything and everything that has to do with DeVoe Cadillac.

Now, in an effort to start this blog off on the right foot, and remembering that we are Florida’s premier Cadillac dealership, it’s only right to include a video of a ATS weaving around corners in reverse. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cIO5-Q-1Mw